Mill Hill

19 Jul 19
Boulder Daily Camera
LOVELAND — With concerns looming large over two expensive proposals to divert one of the Front Range’s most beloved rivers, [cq comment=”in “]the Cache la Poudre, to store supply for 15 Northern Colorado water providers and another to transport water out of the basin to Thornton via pipeline, more planning to keep water rights in the region for agricultural use is economically essential. That is, unless [cq comment=”northern “]Front Range residents approve of the disappearance of local farms and the volume of business, environmental benefit and cultural impact provided by the ag sector[cq comment=”along with them”], panelists at a BizWest-sponsored discussion on water and energy policy said Thursday at the Larimer County Fairgrounds. [cq comment=” SAM, CAN YOU PLEASE BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THOSE PROPOSALS AS WELL AS THEIR STATUS “] Northern Water is still working through the permitting process for the two reservoirs with hopes of filling them by 2028, while Thornton is suing Larimer County over a land use denial for the pipeline. Speakers at the event used the economic stagnation of small southern Colorado towns that followed the selling of [cq comment=”exports of water rights from the “]Arkansas Valley water rights to Aurora and other Denver-metro municipalities [cq comment=”to support urban sprawl “]as warnings of the possible perils of [cq comment=”from “]entities outside the region gaining more control of [cq comment=”northern “][cq comment=”Colorado’s most”]the valuable resource. [cq comment=”through acquisitions like Thornton’s purchase of Poudre River rights in the 1980s.”] Just as about a third of irrigated agricultural land in areas east of Pueblo has been taken out of production since 1950, the same is set to happen in northern Colorado, as well, if current water transfer trends continue, Peter Nichols, a water and environmental lawyer for Boulder-based Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti, said Thursday. “Go down to Sugar City: Not only is the sugar mill closed, but all of the ag support businesses are gone,” Nichols said. “There are no fertilizer dealers or seed dealers. And all of the auto dealers are closed, the drug store is closed, the grocery store is closed. That’s what happens when you lose your economic base. I think there is a lot of reasons we hope that doesn’t happen in northeast Colorado, that’s why people are planning ahead with projects like (the Northern Integrated Supply Project) [cq comment=”NISP “]and the possibility of water banking.” The construction boom across the Front Range has greatly expanded the [cq comment=”skyrocketed “]markets for water shares, especially [cq comment=”the “]Colorado-Big Thompson units representing flow brought from the wet Western Slope to the dry Front Range through the Northern Water-managed Colorado-Big Thompson system. T[cq comment=”, since t”]hose units can be transferred from farmers to municipalities without the hassle of water court. As a result, market pressure has fallen on native basin water owners, whose values [cq comment=”are “]also are ticking upward. “The level of scarcity has really come to bear since the last economic upturn,” Greeley Water and Sewer Director Sean Chambers said. “Water leaving northern Colorado is an export of our ability to grow now and in the future in a sustainable way. Denver metro economies can still find value even in this hyper-inflated (water) marketplace.” Historically, municipalities have grown their borders and housing stock through the practice of “buy-and-dry,” by which residential developers obtain water rights from farmers [cq comment=”looking to cash in on the value of their property “]to [cq comment=”then “]dedicate to [cq comment=”the “]utility providers that will serve new homes. But panelists said that model will have to be retired, or at least refrained from as a go-to, [cq comment=”in order “]to fuel the continued rapid growth the state is projected to experience without sacrificing farms and future local economic opportunity[cq comment=”, panelists agreed”]. Regulations or legislation to restrict water resources from being transported outside the boundaries of their local basins, though, are likely not a fair solution to farmers, former Northern Water manager Eric Wilkinson contends. Because water rights in the state are considered property, [cq comment=”its remaining “]agriculturalists should have the option to take advantage of selling them for fair market value, Wilkinson said. [cq comment=” just as their peers have, and therefore “]New public entities might need to be conceived or old ones redesigned to compete for [cq comment=”those that become available “]water rights with the mission of preserving them for local use, [cq comment=”Wilkinson “]he said. But building political will for such efforts has been a challenge.[cq comment=” in the past”][cq comment=”, as a group that would have represented Larimer and Weld counties failed to get off the ground in the early 2000s. “]While Boulder County taxpayers have funded aggressive open space programs that have resulted in the purchase and protection of vast swaths of farmland, voters in neighboring areas with conservative roots have been more cautious. Yet there is urgency to gain the political capital needed to invest in the preservation of farmland through open space programs or otherwise before the land and water become too valuable, and thus tempting for [cq comment=”their current “]owners to sell. Maps of the growth management areas of the municipalities north and east of Longmont show they have collectively targeted practically all undeveloped land along the Interstate 25 corridor to the Wyoming border. “The Greeley City Council is thinking about trying to establish an open space tax of some kind,” Greeley City Manager Roy Otto said in an interview. “But I think to make this work, Weld County as a whole will have to do something like that, as well.” Otto added praise for open space programs in Boulder and Larimer counties as a means of protecting land and ag, but said an “honest” education effort about peripheral consequences of limiting the development of municipal boundaries through dedicated open space has to occur with Longmont’s eastern neighbors. “How important is it to have buffers between the communities to you?” Otto said. “I think Boulder County and Larimer County have shown how (open space) can work and be a great amenity to those communities. It has impacts on the price of other land: you don’t allow people to spread out so you have housing cost challenges. It’s more than just the tax to be able to do it, it puts other pressure on the economy.”
19 Jul 19
Summer in the 6

Sorry for the delay in posting! We had a fun and very busy week! We started our travels last week at Allen Gardens. This is a beautiful green house located at Carlton Street and Sherbourne Street. We take the 506 Gerrard streetcar which lets us off on the diagonal corner to Allen Gardens. We will […]

19 Jul 19
LevittownNow.com

After being closed since February, the Wistar Road bridge is opening Friday.

18 Jul 19
WDVM
BUNKER HILL, W.Va. (WDVM) — Update: The road is now open. Giles Mill Road is closed near the intersection at Cheshire Road for a possible structure fire, authorities said. This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.
18 Jul 19
Lower Mills Dorchester

Sponsored by Blue Hills July 27, 2019 (Saturday) 10:30am – 12:00pm Location: Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton MA Audience: Family (suitable for children 5 – 12 years) Members: Adult $3.00, Child $6.00 Nonmembers: Adult $6.00, Child $9.00 Did you know butterflies taste with their feet and their wings are covered with scales? How can you […]

18 Jul 19
The Ruffled Crow

That’s the name off the Welsh village where we’re staying. The closest I can get to a proper pronunciation is ‘Shlandanoog’ or ‘Thlandanug’. The leading double-L is a killer. No matter, though, the folks we’re staying with at Morlyn House are wonderful and our room looks out across fields of sheep and onto the hills […]

18 Jul 19
foxy nomads

Are we really here? As the van rumbles along a dirt road in a morning rain shower, Lydia and I keep our eyes peeled to try and see an entrance sign. Glacier National Park is supposedly to our right as we drive north down a dirt road that traces the western boundary of the park. […]

18 Jul 19
The Erotic Endeavors of Ela the Expert

After a delightful breakfast, as Grig and Bedeweir and those sorts prepared for our police action on Tall Elk, I gave the keep a good once over.  Looting some would say, but that’s such an unfortunate word- to the victor go the spoils right? I would have taken the bulk of Lady Grace’s apparel if […]

18 Jul 19
shamvoceramblings

Day 1 Thursday 4th July. 167km 1410m Elevation Gain Breakfast at Beans Beeston for crushed avocado, poached eggs on sourdough bread and crispy bacon and 2 cappuccino with Voce and Gudrun. Didn’t set off until gone 1100 but the sun was shinning and my legs felt good after 3 days rest and non stop eating. […]

18 Jul 19
Washington County Sheriff's Office

On 17 Jul 19 Deputy Brown responded to State Route 60, Beverly, Ohio, to assist with a traffic stop.  Detectives had observed a traffic violation and conducted a traffic top on a Jeep driven by Todd D. Plum.  Plum had advised that he had consumed one beer, however told another Deputy that he consumed 12. […]

18 Jul 19
Walking the South Devon Coast Path

14.0 miles (22.6 km) Cumulative distance: 58.7 miles (94.4 km) Elevation ascent: 334 metres (cumulative 1,532 metres) Moderate – Strenuous This section of the South West Coast Path is particularly tough, but the spectacular views are certainly very rewarding. Passing out of the shelter of the Salcombe Estuary, you emerge onto a rugged, undeveloped section […]

18 Jul 19
DARLEY ABBEY HISTORICAL GROUP

NEXT  MEETINGS On 19th July, Joy Lewandoska  will talk on “Topiary of Lost Theatre in France”. In August, there is no meeting, other than a Committee Meeting on the19th. at 7pm. Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm.. EVENTS Church 200 Exhibition Well Done to all who took part in the week-ends’ “Exhibition on Church 200 […]

18 Jul 19
Wausau Pilot & Review

WAUSAU – Northcentral Technical College has announced the following students were awarded diplomas at commencement exercises in May 2019. Abbotsford: Paige Bruesewitz, Adam Mundt, Hannah Mynsberge, Caitlin Schmeiser, Kay Schultz, Katrina Weaver, Brittani Zoellick Amherst: Leah Dake, Melissa Decker Aniwa: Alyssa Bickler, Samantha Dziondziakowski, Alisha Evers, Kristine Kurth, Esther Manteufel, Devin Novitzke Antigo: Amber Bickler, Miranda Blakeslee, Cynthia Derksen, […]

18 Jul 19
theDannyReport

  DINO . YES !!!   DINO Was The KING of COOL           Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin FRANK & DEAN   FRIGGIN AWESOME !!!       DEAN   “HE WAS COOLER THAN COOL”       THE RAT PACK       FRANK SAMMY & DEAN . . DEAN […]

18 Jul 19
Michal and Míša

In April 2019, we have visited Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. We came across a few Scots in London, and we thought that it was absolutely impossible to understand them, so we naturally wanted to find out if it was true. Even though it was April, Scotland is cold. I mean, really cold. As it […]

18 Jul 19

With Ofsted grading Northway School as Outstanding last year, I was keen and excited to go to their Summer Fair, which was equally a big success too.

18 Jul 19
Pretty Big Butterflies

The teen years bring many new challenges for families. For many, this can be a time when your child may look for more independence and begin to pull away. This can have a huge effect on the relationship between parents and their children. However, there are ways of combating these challenges, and Mill Hill School […]